NHL Canadian Corner – October 29, 2013.

Canucks edge the Capitals, Canadiens blank the Rangers, plus the latest on John-Michael Liles, Joe Colborne, Jason Spezza, Nail Yakupov and the struggling Jets.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The line of the Sedin Twins and Ryan Kesler stole the show from Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin in the Canucks 3-2 come-from-behind win over Washington.

Tomas Plekanec scores against the Rangers.

Tomas Plekanec scores against the Rangers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Tomas Plekanec scored his sixth of the season, Alexander Galchenyk got a controversial goal off his foot and Peter Budaj made 27 saves to blank the NY Rangers 2-0 in their home opener at Madison Square Garden.

TORONTO STAR: Injuries forced the Maple Leafs to recall defenseman John-Michael Liles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, the Leafs aren’t showcasing Liles, but if he plays well it might attract some interest from clubs in need of blueline depth.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames center Joe Colborne is looking forward to facing off against the Maple Leafs, his former club.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Jason Spezza called a players-only meeting to address the club’s recent slump.

EDMONTON SUN: After finally scoring his first goal of the season, Oilers winger Nail Yakupov hopes things are looking up for him and his teammates.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets have been their own worst enemy in their sputtering start to this season.

3 Comments

  1. If the Leafs are showcasing Liles, it may just be to clear cap room so that they can re-sign Dion Phaneuf to what is expected to be a huge extension. This morning, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported on Twitter that discussions between the Leafs and the captain have already began:

    “Is #Leafs Phaneuf worth 50M over 7 yrs? I’m hearing bar has been set in talks and that’s where it starts. More on HC@ noon+ @Sportsnet 2nite”

    More details on this link + video:

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/phaneuf-contract-negotiations-underway/

  2. Bottom line with Phaneuf it is the same thing as with Kessel who can they get for 7 million a year to bring what he brings to the team? No one because those guys don’t become available. If we were rebuilding we could get a boat load for him but trading would ruin our playoff chances.

  3. Phaneuf will get a nice raise, hes a minute eating beast, not the smartest but hes worth 7 million a year.

    This coming from a habs fan